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Pizarro puts paid to Milan's big plans

Published: Friday 27 February 2009, 0.35CET
AC Milan 2-2 Werder Bremen (agg: 3-3, Bremen win on away goals)
Claudio Pizarro masterminded a dramatic turnaround at the San Siro, with his two second-half headers dumping the favourites out of the UEFA Cup.
Pizarro puts paid to Milan's big plans
Claudio Pizarro (centre) celebrates scoring his decisive goal against Milan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MilanBremen

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
11
Attempts off target4
 
12
Corners4
 
7
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 27 February 2009, 0.35CET

Pizarro puts paid to Milan's big plans

AC Milan 2-2 Werder Bremen (agg: 3-3, Bremen win on away goals)
Claudio Pizarro masterminded a dramatic turnaround at the San Siro, with his two second-half headers dumping the favourites out of the UEFA Cup.

Claudio Pizarro masterminded a dramatic Werder Bremen turnaround at San Siro, beating Dida with two second-half headers to send favourites AC Milan crashing out of the UEFA Cup on the away-goals rule.

Dramatic turnaround
Having drawn 1-1 in the first leg in Germany, first-half goals from Andrea Pirlo and Pato looked to have smoothed Milan's path to the Round of 16, but it will be Thomas Schaaf's side who play AS Saint-Etienne in the next round after Pizarro atoned for an early miss with two goals in the second half to dump Carlo Ancelotti's side out of the competition.

Early flurry
Having scored for Bremen against FC Internazionale Milano at San Siro in the UEFA Champions League group stage earlier this season, Peruvian Pizarro fired wide from close range in the first two minutes. Team-mates Diego and Torsten Frings went on to test Dida early on before the former handled David Beckham's free-kick in the box to gift Milan a penalty.

Milan ascendant
Pirlo duly converted in the 27th minute, and Bremen's luck looked to be out when six minutes later Brazilian prodigy Pato blasted home a second from 15 metres. Dida then kept Bremen at bay by saving from Hugo Almeida and Pizarro again as half-time approached but the eleventh-placed side in the Bundesliga were not disheartened and Diego, Pizarro and substitute Markus Rosenberg all went close before Bremen finally hit back.

Pizarro double
Diego's excellent free-kick allowed the 30-year-old Pizarro to nod his side back into contention in the 68th minute, prompting Bremen to pile forward in search of the decisive equaliser. Pizarro got it with 12 minutes remaining as he headed past Dida from substitute Sebastian Boenisch's cross, and though both sides had chances to put the result beyond question late on, Bremen held on to secure one of the most celebrated draws in recent UEFA Cup history.

Last updated: 27/02/09 11.11CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

bremen

Bremen

1
DidaDida (GK)
33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution67
7
PatoPato
Goal33
4
NaldoNaldo
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution62
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Yellow Card25
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution54
10
DiegoDiego
15
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
Yellow Card31
Substitution90+1
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
Substitution77
16
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Goal27
Yellow Card68
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution61
24
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
Yellow Card90
24
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Goal68
Goal78
32
BeckhamDavid Beckham
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker

Substitutes

12
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
21
MielitzSebastian Mielitz (GK)
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution67
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Substitution77
6
BaumannFrank Baumann
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution61
Yellow Card81
76
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Substitution62
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Substitution90+1
84
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution54
34
HarnikMartin Harnik

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Peter Ekström (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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